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Tony Philliskirk Previews Tonight’s FA Youth Cup Third Round Tie Against Birmingham City

14 December 2016

Youth team boss Tony Philliskirk believes his side can play without fear tonight as his side take on Birmingham City in the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

Philliskirk’s men have already beaten Bury and Romulus in the competition already and the winners of tonight’s game will face holders Chelsea in the next round of the competition. 

Philliskirk said: "It’s a big game and we all know the carrot attached to it. We know we can draw Chelsea in the next round if we win and that is an unbelievable feat. 

“Our goal is always to reach the third round and draw a big club, which we have. 

“Birmingham are a higher category and have a bigger budget than ourselves so it’s going to be a massive test for us tonight but we have done our homework and analysed their strengths and weaknesses. 

“This isn’t a fixture that holds any fears for us, we know it’s going to be tough. 

"People are expecting Birmingham to be the dominant team so hopefully our players can relax and play their football and play without pressure. 

"In the last four to six weeks the players have got their heads down and really stuck in. It’s amazing just by having a real good attitude how far it can take you. 

"The boys are working hard for each other and they have a good spirit. It’s a massive game tonight and a massive ask to win the game but it’s something to look forward to. 

“It’s a bit of a free hit for us but if we continue to play like we have done over the last few weeks then you just never know what’s going to happen on the night.”

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